Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada, who hasn’t pitched in a regular season game this season, will require Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2012 season, Ken Rosenthal reports. The Orioles signed Wada this offseason from Japan for a two year, $8.15 million contract.
The 31 year-old Wada pitched with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks last year, where he had a 1.51 ERA and struck out 168 in 184 2/3 innings last year. Along with Wei-Yin Chen, Wada was supposed to represent a new horizon in Asia for the Orioles. The 26 year-old Chen is holding his own through four starts, while Wada looks like he won’t pan out. Recovery from the surgery could take him until next summer, which would minimize his impact.
Orioles GM Dan Duquette essentially failed with signing Wada after this injury, but it’s not as if he knew he was injured coming into the deal. These things happen sometimes. It’s a tough break for the Orioles, but with Chen, Jason Hammel, Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, and Tommy Hunter, Baltimore’s rotation really isn’t that terrible (aside from the mediocre Hunter).